Friday, April 3, 2020

What is 6000 * 5 * 4 * 7 * 52 / 60 / 24?

To damn much if you ask me.

6000 hospitals.
x    5 minutes / form reported
x    4 forms reported / day
x    7 days / week
x   52 weeks / year
= 30333.333 hospital minutes

How fast could a computer report that if we but had the right infrastructure?  Surely 0.333 minutes would be enough.

I do NOT want to hear someone's brilliant idea about how to use the web to solve the COVID surveillance problem one more time if all they can do is implement <FORM>.  Sure, it's FORM on top of a Bootstrap/React UI with Node.js and NOSQL backend, but the front end input is still a human at a keyboard, the same as it was when Tim Berners Lee invented HTML in the mid-90's.

I do NOT want to hear about one more front-line medical profession typing in stuff into a form.


Use a camera, a sensor + arduino, an ultrasonic tag, or spare printer parts.  Do whatever it takes to enable people in a crisis to operate at the top of their license, not the bottom.

If "all you need is a phone", understand that in that phone is a supercomputer that is 100,000 times more powerful than necessary to land on the moon.  Use it the damn thing.


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